What is Twelfth Night and What Does It Have to Do with Mardi Gras?
Also known as the Epiphany or King’s Day, Twelfth Night is the official end of Christmas season and in New Orleans, the beginning of Carnival season. Twelfth Night is just that, the twelfth night after Christmas, which is always January 6th. Balls, parades and King Cake parties all lead up to Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras Day!
Mardi Gras Day 2014 is March 4th
Mardi Gras Day actually falls on a different day every year. The reason for this? Very simply, it is 46 days before Easter Sunday. Now… Easter is never on the same Sunday and that ain’t so easy to explain. For those that really, really want to know, check out this explanation by Scott Richert. You really don’t want me to try and explain this one.
Ash Wednesday, the Beginning of Lent
Carnival season is a time of over indulgence for many people. It’s like the last hurrah before the start of fasting and sacrificing during Lent. The Lenten season runs from Ash Wednesday (the day after Fat Tuesday) and ends on Easter Sunday. It’s a time when observers are supposed to give up something they love as their form of penitence. Some give up alcohol and some give up chocolate.
Christmas Tree Makeover
Several years ago, I downsized my Christmas tree and now it is perfect for keeping up year round. January second it goes from Christmas to Mardi Gras tree! I love looking at all the bright festive colors. Not only does my tree get a makeover but the mantel and bookcases get Mardi-Grased-up (I realize that’s not a word, but somehow it sounds appropriate). Purple, green and gold are now replacing red, green and gold!
Get ready cuz it’s going to be a long Carnival season!
Have a fab-u-licious day and Laissez les bons temps rouler!